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Designing a Window Layout

To design the layout of panels, mullions and transoms, go to the Glazing Panels page.

This page provides controls to:

  • Select panels to edit.
  • Add and remove panels.
  • Change panel types (e.g. change a casement panel to an awning).
  • Set panel widths.
  • Set opening angles.
  • Insert a custom panel (i.e. one that you modelled in ARCHICAD and saved as a custom Window Sash).

Note that some controls for the panels are located elsewhere:

  • Panel heights are set on the Shape page.
  • Glazing bars (muntins) can be added to glazed panels on the Glazing Panels > Glazing Bars page.

Available Settings

  1. Click on the image to select or de-select panels within the window.
  2. This list controls what will happen when you click on a window panel in the image (see Panel Selection Controls below).
  3. Set the panel width (see Panel Width below) and opening angle.
  4. Set the panel type and glass surface. Edit extra settings for the panel including its opening direction (see Panel Opening Direction below), number of opening panels left and right (see Left/Right Opening Panels below), a repeating grid (see Form a Grid below), and a custom panel type.
  5. Remove selected panels, or duplicate selected panels with a vertical mullion separating the new panels. Move a selected panel left or right (see Add, Delete and Move Panels below).
  6. Add panels separated by horizontal transoms (see Edit the Panel Layout below).

Panel Selection Controls

Panel selection options include:

  • Click to Select a Single Panel - the panel you click on will become selected, all other panels de-selected.
  • Click to Select - click on any number of panels to select them.
  • Click to De-Select - click on selected panels to de-select them.
  • Select All - all panels will become selected.
  • De-select All - all panels will become de-selected.
  • Click to Zoom In - click in the image to zoom in. The point you click on will move to the center of the image, and the image will be drawn at a larger scale. This can help with selection of small panels.
  • Click to Pan - click in the zoomed image to pan to a different area of the window. The point you click on will move to the center of the image.
  • Fit in Window - the image will re-size to fit in the available space.

Add, Delete and Move Panels

The four buttons beside the selection image operate on the panels that are currently selected and allow you to:

  • Add a Panel (+) - Currently selected panels will be duplicated, with a vertical mullion separating the original and duplicate panels.
  • Delete a Panel (-) - Currently selected panels will be removed.
  • Move a Panel Left (<) - Currently selected panels will be moved one mullion to the left.
  • Move a Panel Right (>) - Currently selected panels will be moved one mullion to the right.

 Edit the Panel Layout

 

To add panels that are separated by a horizontal mullion, use the menu located above the selection image. This menu provides controls to:

  • Insert a Top Row - inserts an extra row of panels at the top of the window. The mullion spacing for this top row is independent of the main (middle) row, and independent of the bottom row. Note that only one top row can be included in a window layout.
  • Insert a Bottom Row - inserts an extra row of panels at the bottom of the window. The mullion spacing for this bottom row is independent of the main (middle) row, and independent of the top row. Note that only one bottom row can be included in a window layout.
  • Insert a Panel Above/Below - adds an extra panel above or below any selected panel in the main (middle) row of the window. Note that only one extra upper and one extra lower panel may be included for each of the main (middle) panels.

 Panel Width

 The width of selected panels can be set in the Panel Width field below the selection image.

  • To set a fixed panel width, enter a non-zero value (e.g. 300mm for a 300mm wide panel).
  • If you want the selected panel to fill the available space within the window frame, enter zero for the panel width.
  • If all panel widths are set to non-zero sizes, the ratio of the panel widths will remain constant. The actual widths will adjust depending on the total width of the window.

Form a Grid

 

A selected panel may be split with mullions and transoms to form a rectangular grid. This control is useful if you want a panel to be exactly replicated. There is no individual control over the panels within the grid.

Panel Opening Direction

By default, all panels open in the direction indicated when placing the window into the wall. If panels are opening the wrong way (i.e. opening to the exterior side of the wall when they should be opening to the interior side), use the Flip button to reverse the opening direction.

However if you want some panels to open to the exterior side, and some to the interior side of the wall, click the Open Towards checkbox On, and set the opening direction for each panel individually.

Left/Right Opening Panels

Some panels (e.g. bifolding or sliding panels) are made up of a number of smaller panels. For these panels, set the number of panels on the left or right using the controls provided.

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